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Picnic Riesling - 2012

About the wine


Featuring the Proprietor’s Grandfather, Sydney Neill – Wine Merchant, on the label, Picnic Riesling is our perennial favourite and a wonderful introduction to the pleasure of Central Otago Riesling. We think it is just as much a dinner wine as a luncheon – equally enjoyable at home outdoors as at the Captain’s Table.

Tasting Notes

Vintage Comment:

A generally warmer year than 2011, the fruit displayed ripe, stone fruit flavours, gentle acidities and well behaved pH levels. Ideal December flowering conditions resulted in well formed medium sized bunches at desired low cropping rates.A relatively long cool autumn ripening periodproduced low sugar levels andwine based on mineralcomplexitywith subtle fruit characteristics.

Winemaker’s Notes:

White flower, spice, lime and citrus fruit aromatics followed by a soft richly textured mouthfeel which also shows elegance, minerality and tension. A lively and varietal wine that drinks well immediately but has the potential to age elegantly over the next 3-5 years.

Vineyard Management:

Own roots – cane cuttings from Felton Road. Single cane, one bunch per shoot, 5500 vines per hectare. Shoot and lateral thinned, and leaf plucked. Hand harvested on the 20th of April 2012.

Soil: Gravelly loamy silt

pH: 3.10

TA: 7.8 g/L

Alc: 11.5 %

R/S: Off dry, 10g/L

Proprietor: Sam Neill

Viticulturist: Mike Wing

Winemaker: Dean Shaw

Total Production:438 cases

Cellaring:2013 – 2018

Bottled:October 2012

Reviews & Awards

Michael Cooper's NZ Wine 2016 Buyer's Guide
Estate-grown in the Red Banks Vineyard, at Earnscleugh, in Central Otago, the 2012 (3.5*) is crisp and lively, with lemony, appley flavours, gentle sweetness, and very good depth and harmony.

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